Jose Mourinho is the overwhelming favourite to replace Louis van Gaal at Manchester United this summer, but not everyone believes it’s a perfect fit.
Some fans would prefer to see Ryan Giggs given a chance, while others have suggested Mauricio Pochettino or Diego Simeone might be better for the Red Devils than the charismatic but controversial ex-Chelsea boss.
But Paul Parker, the former Manchester United defender who played at Old Trafford between 1991-1996, is surely in a group of his own with his suggestion. He reckons his former employers should turn to, wait for it, Tim Sherwood.
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“Frankly, given how unhappy the players are right now, they'd be better off bringing in Tim Sherwood [than Jose Mourinho] between now and the end of the season,” Parker wrote in his latest Eurosport column, “someone to soft soap the players, given them a bit of a cuddle, get them feeling good about themselves once again.”
However, the former England international then added: “Sadly, as we've seen with Tim, those sorts of managers don't work long term. And United need to start thinking about the long term as soon as possible, because if not they face the ultimate danger: turning into the new Liverpool.”
Parker: Jose Mourinho is not the answer
Parker believes that hiring Mourinho is simply not the answer for United. The Portuguese coach is understood to be close to an agreement with the Premier League giants, but Parker fears it would be a disastrous appointment.
“But bringing in Jose Mourinho? That is absolutely not the answer,” he continued. “Mourinho's history in the game tells you all you need to know: he's a man who needs control, and who flounders in situations when he has lost it. And that's what happened at Chelsea: with the squad getting away from him, he was unable to turn it round.
“So to suggest that he could walk in to a crisis situation at United and turn it around is absurd. That's something he's never done in his career, and this really wouldn't be the time to start. He's lost a huge amount of respect in the game, and I suspect the players at United hate the idea of him taking over.”
You can currently get 500-1 on Sherwood to be the next Manchester United manager - the same price as the likes of Chris Hughton, Gus Poyet and Neil Lennon.
Arsene Wenger, meanwhile, is only 250-1 to become the next United boss.
Parker: Ryan Giggs must learn his trade elsewhere
Parker also believes that his former teammate Giggs is not the right man to replace Van Gaal at the end of the season.
"Ryan Giggs isn't the answer, unfortunately - he's a genuine legend as a player, but just as Bryan Robson found out, that alone isn't enough to make you a legend as a manager,” he added. “He might get there one day, but Ryan needs to go and prove himself elsewhere, and learn his craft away from Old Trafford."
There’s a good chance that Giggs will leave Old Trafford if Mourinho is named as Van Gaal’s successor.
It was reported earlier this month - by the Mirror - that Mourinho would make his trusted assistant Rui Faria as his No. 2 if appointed by the Glazer family and Ed Woodward this summer.
Although Mourinho might have competition for the United job, we’re not sure Sherwood will be in the reckoning.
Manchester United fans: what on earth is Paul Parker talking about? Let us know by leaving a comment below.
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